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76 AVIATION | Solenta Group Formed at the turn of the millennium, the Solenta Group is a diversified aviation company based in Johannesburg, which serves a number of various commercial sectors primarily across Africa, but also beyond the continent. Initially founded to provide aviation support for DHL’s ventures in Africa, the Solenta Group has maintained this area of its business whilst gradually expanding its fleet and capacity, which has allowed the firm to proliferate into other business opportunities across the continent.
The Solenta Group’s African business has subsequently expanded into several areas including the resources sector (where it works with oil majors such as ExxonMobil), tourism, air freight and humanitarian aid, often partnering with organisations such as the United Nations, the Red Cross and the World Food Programme.
“Overall, it’s been a picture of growth in numbers of aircraft, capacity and also geographical spread,” says Solenta’s business development manager Michael Adams.
The business has grown from operating
a modest  eet of predominantly Cessna Caravans and Beechcraft 1900s during its early years, to introducing its  rst jets to the  eet from the Embraer ERJ 145 family.

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